Research over the last few years has shown that poverty actually impedes people's thinking. It's just harder to think clearly and methodically when you're under the stress of poverty. Here's a great infographic that presents some relevant data.
On May 11th, the Poverty Education Center hosted "Jesuit Universities Engaging Poverty: Perspectives from Seattle and Managua." The event brought together students, faculty, staff, and community members to hear from Seattle University and la Universidad Centroamericana about how they were engaging poverty in their communities.
Poverty Education Center